Land surveying, in a nutshell, is the art and science of establishing or re-establishing property corners, property lines and/or boundaries. There can be different reasons why someone wants a piece of land surveyed. Essentially the most common is to check if a piece of land is susceptible to flooding, to subdivide real estate to sell or deed to family members or determine if there are any encroachments. This could happen if a neighbour disputes you are using a section of his lot or vice versa (for more about this, click here).
How much does land surveying cost?
If you have to have a piece of land surveyed, the first thing that will come to mind is “how much does it cost?”
There are many factors determining just how much land surveying on your land would cost. The fact that this sort of service needs to be accomplished by a professional contributes a great deal to the total cost of the service, but choosing a non-professional to survey your land is dangerous, and in all likelihood illegal for the non-professional.
This is why it is best to take a good look around before settling with a surveying company. If you must work inside a particular budget, discuss this with the surveyor up-front. Many times he may manage to offer cost saving steps to get the work you need done within these cost limits.
The form of the land also needs to be considered. A square or even a rectangle piece of land is somewhat easier to survey than an odd shaped parcel, or one with lots of sides. With the latter, the surveyor will need to spend more time in surveying the curves and the bends which means the cost of the service would go higher. The actual measurements the land is also key factor here.
Remember the cost of land surveying will likely be proportionate to the time and effort that the land surveyor would spend on the project. If the land that you’re having surveyed isn’t accessible, or has thick vegetation, then the total price of the survey could go higher. This is true of the climate conditions which could affect the work. Surveying in hot weather is sort of slower to keep from putting the crew members in danger. Also, most surveying cannot be done during the rain.
When getting an estimate, bear in mind that surveyors base the estimate on expected conditions at the site. These conditions could change, bringing about additional costs. Always ask about these potential additional cost scenarios.
All that being said, competitive prices are also to be expected, and that’s why we recommend choosing a surveyor according to his experience and reputation instead of on the price he writes on a piece of paper. Most times it is far better to spend a good amount of money on a survey that’s well-done rather than pick a company with a very “affordable” price but have the survey repeated because the results were wrong.
To sum it up, you should always discuss the expenses of the survey before you decide to ask the surveyor to begin his work. It’s also advisable to obtain a contract that lets you understand what is expected of the land surveyor. This is one of the most important steps in having your land surveyed.